Non-Carnegie Libraries of Pennsylvania

One of three Pennsylvanias page of Library Postcards: Civic Pride in a Lost America.

Occasionally, other philanthropists in Pennsylvania funded libraries.

Aliquippa (B.F. Jones Memorial Library)

B.F. Jones Memorial Library, Aliquippa, PA

Another library with steel philanthropical roots. Opened in 1929.

This is a Dexter Press Colorcraft card. In this instance, it's a mis-Colorcraft linen finish postcard.
The library is greyish marble.

Ambridge (Laughlin Memorial Library)

Ambridge, PA library (L) Printed by Curt Teich for S.G. Horlick, but branded IRAS: Superior Quality Brand.
(R) Dexter Press 'Colorcraft' linen finish card.
Ambridge, PA library

Still in use. Became part of the Beaver County Library System in 1971.

Canton (Green Free Library)

Green Free Library, Canton, PA

Still in use.

I wonder if the green ink was a special request by Coon's 5C-$1.00 Store of Eagle Post Card View Co.

Carlisle (Herman Bosler Memorial Public Library)

Herman Bosler Memorial Public Library, Carlisle, PA (L) This Curt Teich 'C.T. American Art' card was printed in 1917 and mailed in 1919.
(R) Sackett and Wilhelms Corp. card, never mailed.
Herman Bosler Memorial Public Library, Carlisle, PA

Transferred to its trustees on Jan. 30, 1900, along with endowment monies. Because of a Bosler family history online, I have the building's dimensions: 57' frontage and 88' deep, located on a 63' x 110' lot. The front was made of Avondale marble, but by whom, I don't know.
Now part of the Cumberland County Library System.

Clarion (Ross Memorial Library)

Clarion, PA library

Oddly, the historical information I had is no longer present on the library history page. And, it's now known as the Clarion Free Library, and dated back to 1914, not the 1920 of before.
The Ross family is no longer mentioned.

Art-Glo Postcard mailed in 1958.

Danville (Thomas Beaver Free Library)

Thomas Beaver Free Library, Danville, PA

Built in 1888: still in use.

Early Curt Teich card, mailed in 1910.


Ephrata, PA library

No longer in use.

Merrimack Post Card: appears to date from the 1950s.


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Litho-Chrome brand card. Tom Jones 'Glace' card, mailed 1909. By Valentine & Sons of Great Britain. Linen finish by Metrocraft. Tichnor Brothers card, mailed 1946.
Interior of the Erie library (L) Beautiful interior with statuary.
Built in 1899; probably torn down in 1996.
The library has had a tumultuous history.


Foxburg, PA library

Dedicated in 1910.
The Foxburg Free Library is a part of the Clarion County Library System. This building is still in use, containing both the Library and an arts center, but it's beginning to show its age.

The postcard was published by E.C. Beecher, and mailed in 1915.


Franklin, PA public library

Founded in 1894: still in use.

The original card has a deckled edge.

Girard (Wilcox Library)

Wilcox Library and Bank, Girard, Pa.

This strange combination came about in 1895, according to the Library Journal.
Sometime since, library service has become the purview of the Rice Avenue Community Public Library.

The postcard was published by the Weiler Publishing Company and printed in Germany before 1907.


Hanover, PA public library

Originally, (1911) the Young Memorial Library. In 1967, the Wolcott Wing was built. Now the entire building is named Guthrie Memorial Library, after a local attorney. I hope he left oodles of money behind for that honor.

Early glossy postcard mailed in 1915.


Harrisburg, PA public library

Still in use, thankfully, with branches.

1913 C.T. Photochrom (Curt Teich) postcard.

Hatboro (Union Library)

Union Library, Hatboro, PA (L) Public Spirit brand card gives a founding date of August 2, 1755.
(R) WYCO Products concurs with the above, and calls the original institution 'Union Library Company of Hatborough.'
Union Library, Hatboro, PA

The 1849 building is still in use.


Hazleton, PA public library

Trying to find out more information about this Beaux-Arts library building is pretty difficult. The library is part of the 4 location, Luzerne County Library System.

An attractive linen Mebane Greeting Card postcard.
Mebane left in a lot of details.

Indiana (Indiana Community Center & Library)

Indiana Community Center & Library, Indiana, PA

Still in use.
Its precursor dates back to 1904.

1932 Curt Teich linen finish card, slightly aspirational, as the Library did not move in until 1934.


Jenkintown Library, PA

Still in use.

Curt Teich 'American Art' card also shows a Presbyterian Church.

Kingston (Hoyt Library)

Hoyt Library, Kingston, PA

Quite shallow building built in 1928. Children's wing added 1987. The library is still in use and is a member of the Luzerne County Library system.

Linen-finish card is produced by the Mebane Greeting Card Company.


Langhorne, PA library

Precursor library founded in the 1700s!
This Victorian-Gothic building was built in 1888 and slightly modified in 1962. Replaced in 1971, the library became the Pennwood Branch of the Bucks County Free Library.

Now the headquarters of the Historic Langhorne Association.


Media, PA library

The building pictured on the library website does not even slightly resemble the building on this card.

On the left panel:
Media Free Library organized 1901.
On the right panel:
Erected by Public Donation 1907.

I think it looks like a theater.

Montrose (Susquehanna County Library & Museum)

Montrose, PA library

Still in use, with shortened hours.

The 1907 Georgian revival building is displayed well on this Taylors card. It mentions a 1957 addition.

Mt. Holly Springs (Amelia S. Givin Library)

Mt. Holly Springs, PA public library

First free public library in Cumberland County (1889).

Built of Hummelstown brownstone; designed in Richardsonian Romanesque style by architect James T. Steen. Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. Remains in use as part of the Cumberland County Library System today.

Lovely tinted postcard, ca. 1907.

New Castle

New Castle, PA public library (L) Curt Teich linen-finish card.
New Castle Free Public Library, founded 1910, moved into this building in 1910. Owned and operated by City of New Castle. The Library has 52,600 books.
(R) 1959 Curt Teich 'Curteichcolor' card, warts and all.
Itself, subsequently replaced.
New Castle, PA public library

Carnegie offered the city a grant, but it was protested.

New Milford (Pratt Memorial Library)

Pratt Memorial Library, New Milford, PA

I guess this is an example of doing it yourself to do it right. This was built in 1903 by Charles Pratt to memorialize his parents. Until 1922, the family maintained it in a whole new spin on the concept of a family business. At that point the family deeded the library property to the newly chartered Pratt Memorial Library Association.

The library appears to have no web presence despite being the leading library for Susquehanna County.


Northumberland, PA

I have no idea which building is the library, but isn't the road signage great?
That would probably be airbrushed out on a Teich card.
This comes from the Mebane Greeting Card Company of Wilkes-Barre.

This is a common card, and I haven't seen one featuring only the library building.


Philadelphia's library (L) 1936 Curt Teich postcard.
(R) 1933 Curt Teich card, printed for Unico.
Logan Circle and Public Library on Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

The main building of the Free Library of Philadelphia was not funded by Andrew Carnegie. It was built in 1927 and is in the planning stages of a major renovation.

Did you know that one of its architects was African-American? Julian Abele and Horace Trumbauer designed the building. The diverse buildings planned by the Trumbauer firm include the Pere Marquette Hotel, in Peoria, Illinois.

Pocono Pines (Clymer Library)

Clymer Library of Pocono Pines, PA

The Clymer Library, Lutherland, Pocono Pines, Pa.

It's difficult to tell if the Library is still in this building, or another bungalow.

The history of Lutherland came from Thrivent's Lutherans Online site, page no longer extant. However, the Tobyhanna Township's historical association has a page with complete history.


Portage, PA public library

The newest card in my collection. Thank you, Lynn!

The beloved library is still in use.

Scranton (Albright Memorial Library)

Albright Memorial Library, Scranton, PA

Still in use: part of the Lackawanna County Library System.

The 1893 building, by Green & Wicks, is considered Renaissance Revival.

Titusville (Benson Memorial Library)

Benson Memorial Library, Titusville, PA (R) Beautiful handcolored Rotograph card, copyright 1905 and mailed in 1909. Benson Memorial Library, Titusville, PA

Built in 1904 and still in use.
Byron Benson was one of the area's independent oil men, but was not involved in the pioneering 1859 oil strike.


Warren, PA public library (L) Tichnor Bros. card; never mailed.
(R) likely Curt Teich card, mailed in 1923.
Warren, PA public library

Built in 1915; expanded in 1962. Still in use. Inspirational quotes were carved in the panels above the Roman columns.

Williamsport (James V. Brown Library)

James VanDuzee Brown.

James V. Brown Library, Williamsport, PA Library addition built in 1939, essentially dating the picture to immediately pre-war.
(L) Card mailed 1908.
(R) Attractive linen-finish card produced for the Mebane Greeting Card Company of Wilkes-Barre.
James V. Brown Library, Williamsport, PA
James V. Brown Library, Williamsport, PA Leather post card from Cunningham & Co., of Williamsport.


Wyomissing, PA public library

Pleasant red brick library which is still in use. Amusingly, it's located on Reading Boulevard.

Card by Berkshire News of Reading.

York (Martin Memorial Library)

Martin Memorial Library, York, PA

Still in use. However, the history comes from the York Square Blog, not the library's web site.
Original funding came from the estate of Milton D. Martin, died in 1912. However, his endowment was invested and used in the mid-1930s to build York's library.
Renovated in 2005.

1945 linen finish postcard by Curt Teich.